In California, we have a spring ritual that has become increasingly important in recent years of worsening drought: the state’s top water watcher heads to a specified spot in the mountains where he sticks his long pole into the snow to estimate the amount of future runoff into streams and rivers.
Below left, Frank Gehrke, chief […]
The Golden State has been more golden brown than usual the last few years, as it has suffered a historic drought. We all had our fingers crossed when professional weather wonks forecast a huge rainy season for 2015-16 because of a monster El Nino which normally brings a lot of precipitation.
The good news is the […]
The Golden Brown State’s fourth year of drought has brought massive land sinkage, aka subsidence, caused by continued and deeper drilling of ground water by farmers. The subsidence has been observed for a while, but it is getting worse as more water is pumped out of the ground.
Not only is the subsidence another warning about […]
The replacement of traditional American people continues briskly, according to Census projections out to 2060. In the near term, the US population will reach a record high percentage of immigrants in 2023, just eight years from today.
The Center for Immigration Studies issued an analysis of the Census report which includes the chart below:
The 13-page Census […]
It’s hard to be positive about the future of California. The state is run entirely by Democrats who have made very bad decisions about resources in the past and continue to now. The have pursued diverse growth at any cost despite claiming concern about the environment. The Dems have ignored the Medieval mega-droughts that occurred […]
Spring starts in a few days, which is always good news, but here in crowded Mexifornia, winter rainfall has been disappointingly slim. The drought is bad and getting worse because the stored water in reservoirs has become even more drained.
How bad is the drought?
A study published in December characterized it as the worst in 1200 […]
Water is an important topic here in the western half of the United States, because we don’t have enough of it. In California, we are in the third year of a severe drought, and nature is not supplying much water in this winter’s rainy season.
Below, Lake Tahoe, located on the border of California and Nevada, […]
The Los Angeles Times has been doing a fair amount of drought coverage that can be worry-making (e.g. “Severe drought? California has been here before”), but on Monday it assured readers that 70 years of low rainfall won’t be a state killer.
Well-read water worriers know about the Medieval mega-droughts that struck the west from 900 […]
Here in northern California, local TV news has a lot of coverage about the water shortage, which I don’t remember happening during previous droughts. So the situation is bad, with millions more people using water when there is less of it.
True, most of the water supply goes to agriculture, not home faucets, but the farms […]
California’s worsening drought is looking dire, but there’s a limit to what the people should be forced to endure. Freedom of religion is fine, a protected right, but when Muslims chant “Allah Ackbar” over a California water source (as can be heard on a news video), that’s over the line.
“Allah Ackbar” is a war cry, […]
On the last day of 2013, one bad statistic is the amount of rainfall for California; this year has been among the driest around the state, and the driest ever on record in San Francisco.
The average precipitation for the city, as recorded from 1849, is around 21 inches; this year saw only 5.59 inches.
Elsewhere, Yosemite […]
The failing economy of the once-Golden State has perked up enough to start drawing newbies once again, with more than 300,000 new residents in the last year. California had unemployment over 10 percent for four years, so October’s 8.7 percent joblessness indicates the uptick that is so attractive to outsiders.
In San Francisco, the tech industry […]